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Forum topic by Tom S. posted 04-15-2010 10:24 PM 1206 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tom S.

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04-15-2010 10:24 PM

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I am looking to purchase some good quality hand mortising chisels. I have noticed that you pay for quality and I don’t have a problem with that. What sizes would be good to start with if I was to purchase just a couple to begin with? What brands would you recommend as well.

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#1 posted 04-15-2010 10:29 PM

I would go with either ones to match mortices you often do or just go with 1/8-1/2” mortices arent to big unless your doing a workbench or something like that.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-15-2010 11:01 PM

You can never go wrong with Lie Nielsen, but they are pretty pricy.

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#3 posted 04-15-2010 11:47 PM

I picked up the Narex 3-piece set. While they are technically metric sizes, that doesn’t matter if you always set up your gauges to the chisel. A decent value and so far they have worked fine. However I don’t have a lot of time behind the mallet with them.

The LN chisels are definitely nice. As an option, you could just purchase them one at a time as needed.

The used market has plenty of old Buck-Brothers, Isles and OVBs hanging around if you don’t mind a little rehabilitation work.

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#4 posted 04-16-2010 12:58 AM

For the price I don’t think you can beat the narex for mortise or bench chisels and you might just find out that they have as much quality aas you might ever want.

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#5 posted 04-16-2010 01:27 PM

Tom, I strongly suggest you buy a 1/4 inch Ray Ises mortising chisel. It is expensive, but well worth it. It is one of the rare tools that lives up to the hype. You could also buy a 5/16 if you work alot with 5/4 stock, but 1/4 should handle most everything you need. You can find the Ray Isles at toolsforworkingwood.

I know the price may put you off at first, but do a google search on ray ilse mortise chisel and I doubt you will find someone that says anything negative about it .

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 02:05 PM

I have Sorby 3/8” chisel that I found to be the one I use most. I haven’t needed any other mortise chisels yet, but a 3/4” and 1/4” bench chisel help too to clean up edges if drilled or routed out first

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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